Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane | Book Review

How have I gone this long without reading anything by Mhairi McFarlane? After reading Just Last Night I am OBSESSED. I am so thankful the publicist was a bit of a squeaky wheel and had me convinced I should read this sooner rather than later. I loved Just Last Night so much that after I finished I ended up adding all of the Mhairi McFarlane books to my TBR. Also, I think I have an additional physical book by her that I’ll be moving up in priority.

Eve, Susie, Justin and Ed are the best of friends. They’ve been tight since their days at high school and still spend most Thursdays going to trivia at the local pub together. There is this crackle of energy and chemistry when they are together. As it turns out though, Eve is in love with Ed but missed her chance years ago. Ed is now dating another woman – Hester – and has been for years. Things are about to drastically change for this friend group when one of the members dies tragically. And so, then Just Last Night transitions to a book about grief and secrets and moving forward. 

Eve is the main character and she’s best described as an aging goth. Normally I would maybe feel a little bit judgmental, but I LOVED Eve. McFarlane really nails voice in Just Last Night and Eve comes across as someone I would be friends with. Her voice is sarcastic and witty and she has this great taste in music. I loved how much Eve grew throughout this book. Also, loved the development of the romance that Eve has which I was not expecting.

I wasn’t expecting to smile so much either during this book, given how much is about the grief from one of the characters dying. Admittedly, I did get emotional during parts of this as well. My emotions were all over the place while reading, but friends, I read this in a matter of hours. I did not expect to be so glued to the pages, but I was held rapt. And because I don’t want to spoil you, I’ll just tell you PICK THIS UP if you love women’s fiction with a bit of humor and pathos. 

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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